Tweaking the look and feel of the operating system's desktop. All OSes welcome.

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How do I use windows 10's lock-screen background for desktop

I've noticed that my windows 10 laptop has a really nice, automatic updating lock screen background, is there a way to use the same background for my desktop? The background image is stored somewhere ...
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How to Save Desktop icon layout position with a different profile for one or two monitors

i am working with a laptop at work, now, when im sitting at the office, i use dual monitor settings, and when i work outside the office, i work with only 1 monitor. the desktop icons are driving me ...
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Undo Show Desktop on Mac Pro OS 10.10

I did the thumb/three finger swipe to move all the open windows to the borders. However, I cannot undo this action! All my windows are on the borders, some of which I cannot even grab. F11 does NOT ...
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Windows 10 icons appearance changed

A cat slept on the keyboard and all my desktop icons are now looking like in the picture : Three lines of text description to the right of the image. How can I fix it to see the normal behavior ( one ...
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How to set a website with live information as desktop wallpaper

Here is a great map of the Earth showing live information about winds and temperature. Is it possible to set this as a desktop background with automatic updating every few hours (the map itself ...
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Custom PC won't boot

Recently replaced PSU and now pressing the power button gives less than a second of light, as well as psu and cpu fans spinning ~ one revolution before stopping again. Have tried clearing CMOS, all ...
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I need assistance with “power on” sound effects idea

I'm not really sure how to ask this question, so I'm going to give some background. Do you know on the Xbox consoles whenever you press the power button, it makes a noise? For example, from an ...
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Using Powershell To Download Pictures

I'm running Powershell 4.0 and I was wondering, it is possible to automate the task of downloading 5 pictures every day from a site and store them in my downloads folder? I prefer not to use any third ...
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In Windows 7, where is the setting for how often the desktop is changed stored?

On Windows 7, on Personalisation > Desktop Background, selecting multiple wallpapers enables an option called "Change picture every..." with a dropdown for options ranging from "10 seconds" to "1 ...
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Change text colour of desktop icons on Windows 10

As the title says, is there any way to change the colour of text for the icons on your desktop in Windows 10? I have a lot of nature backgrounds so white tends to blend in. I have made them bold but ...
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How to change desktop background if “setting is disabled by an administrator”? [closed]

I use Windows 7 in an office. Over the weekend, our corporate overlords replaced everyone's desktop backgrounds (holiday photos, landscapes, family portraits) with company colours--lurid bright green. ...
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MATE: how to increase window resizing area

I use MATE on CentOS 7 and Ubuntu 15.04 and with both I have trouble resizing windows. It seems like I have to click on a 1px size line to change and that's a bit difficult with touchpad sometimes. ...
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Windows 10 Desktop Background duplicated on 2 monitors

Here is an example of what I mean There can only be 2 images on my monitors at one time. I have tried changing folders, manually setting the background to 3 pictures using Right Click → "Set ...
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Where are Windows 10 desktop wallpapers stored?

I plugged in a thumb drive to my pc, right-clicked on an image, and chose 'Set as desktop background'. The thumb drive was subsequently stolen. Windows obviously creates a copy on the image since it ...
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Is there a way to customize classic windows appearance futher than the built in software allows?

Specifically I'd like to customize the single pixel wide "rims" outlining each window box. I think the purpose of them is to create a 3d effect, but I find them too contrasty and distracting. If ...
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Setting desktop background to a solid color using DisplayFusion

I'd like to create a scripted function in DisplayFusion to set the Windows desktop background to a solid color. I've explored the BFS API and haven't found anything that appears to accomplish this. ...
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Handling NumLock on OS X with Karabiner

I'm trying to remap the numpad keys on Mac OS (El Capitan) with Karabiner to work similarly as in Windows (as I'm using a Windows keyboard with my Mac). I added the following line to enable toggling ...
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Multi-line labels in Nimi Places

How to enable multi-line labels (captions) in scaled grid style (fixed grid is too space wasting for my taste) in Nimi Places? For example how should one proceed to get COMODO Internet Security ...
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Blurred Desktop Background Image on Windows 7 Enterprise

I downloaded a few .jpg images with a resolution of 1440*900 (Same as the screen resolution of my desktop). However when I set it as desktop background it goes beyond the view and displays a blurred ...
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Script to change wallpaper in windows 10 not working

I am trying to get a script to work that will change the default wallpaper for windows 10 because I will be deploying Win10 to all clients. When I run the batch code below, it is not changing the ...
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Jump list items in Win 10 are too far apart

Is there a way to gain access to Windows 10's layout? The jump lists are clearly made with touch screen users in mind, with the end result of only managing to fit 18 or so items in a single jump list ...
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Change windows desktop background without admin-rights?

How change the desktop below into a desired background without admin-rights? I'm using Windows 7 and my account has no admin-rights.
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Make any windowed application 'Always On Top' without keyboard shortcut?

I've checked the previous question here, but unfortunately: DeskPin mostly doesn't work since Windows 8, and it still doesn't work in Windows 10 PowerMenu website is inaccessible, it has been ...
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How to permanently hide a hidden system tray icon in Windows 7 or Windows 8 or Windows 10

I have an application and it has a system tray icon. I don't want to display it. I hid the notification icon from settings, but it is visible with other inactive icons like the image below; But I ...
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In Windows 7, how do I change the picture position differently per desktop wallpaper?

I have about 10 desktop wallpapers on a slideshow, some I want to fill up the screen and others I want centered. If I select Fill for Picture Position then all the desktop wallpapers are set to ...
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How to have a solid color desktop background with AERO theme enabled on Windows 7?

I need the Aero theme enabled on my Windows 7 machine because a program I use requires it (Sticky Previews). However, I want a solid color as my desktop background. (I want this because I am ...
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Customize windows, then restore first time setup

How would you go about customizing windows 7 (installing drivers etc.) then deleting the user account used to customize it, and finally restoring the first time setup as if the OS were just installed? ...
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Wallpaper blocked by Windows taskbar

I have a wallpaper with some text at the bottom, which is hidden by the taskbar in Windows 7. How do I get the wallpaper to fit the entire screen except behind the taskbar? (I want the entire ...
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Dual monitor wallpaper won't stretch over both monitors after Windows-restart

I have an image sized 3840x1200px that is perfectly fitted across two monitors. But as soon as I restart Windows the image is compressed to half size and repeated on each screens. Does anybody know ...
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Windows 8 - Panoramic Themes

I just downloaded the theme "Panoramas Europe" from the Get More Themes Online selection on the control panel page Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Personalization I downloaded the theme ...
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Change wallpaper of instance when creating a snapshot

I'm working with Eucalyptus and OpenStack, and I'm having the same problem in both clouds. Everything I say applies to both clouds. I have an instance running, and I added several files and installed ...
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Setting a scheduled task in Windows 10

I'm trying to set up wallpaper for my Windows 10 laptop. Basically, what should happen is the wallpaper should change to another (specific) image exactly on the hour. To do this, I downloaded this ...
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How can one make multiple custom “desktops” (Win+Tab) in Windows 10?

Windows 10 brings many new useful features and the option of having 'Desktops' is one of them. However, this feature is very limited. I would like to know if you can do the following: 1. Give each ...
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Start Background on display other than main

I have three monitors and have set the background image to a high resolution photo on tile so that it stretches across all three monitors. Unfortunately my main monitor is not the monitor on the far ...
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How to set desktop texts in windows 7?

I want to do something similar to this http://www.askvg.com/show-your-desired-text-on-desktop-by-customizing-windows-vista-build-number/ But with "lots" of text, like a paragraph or couple of ...
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Can I run a program as my Win10 wallpaper? (Similar to Android Live Wallpapers)

Is there any way for me to run a program as a wallpaper? Just run an exe persistently in the background. It'd essentially be my own 'wallpaper application'.
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Change “Other User” from Windows 10 login?

I have Do not display last user name enabled using Local Security Policy. I prefer it that way for a few reasons one being I'm not the only one to use the computer. However I was wondering if there ...
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Editing imageres.dll to customize system icons

I wish to edit the imageres.dll file to change the shield overlay image that appears over elevated shortcuts. I have found that when I edit the imageres.dll file, Windows immediately reverts it ...
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Set folder icon on gnome 3

I'm running Gnome 3 on ArchLinux and I've just installed a new icon theme. I've noticed that this icon theme has a lot of folder icon (way more the standard Downloads, Documents, Video ecc.. folders) ...
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How to change Windows 10 task bar jump list color?

I can change the colors of the task bar and with Classic Shell the start menu, but the Task Bar jump lists remain black. Is there a way to change the background color of these?
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Is it possible to have an interactive background on Windows?

I would like to have say for example, a water background that interacts with my mouse click or hovers. Typically it would be a .swf file, but I have only found ways to make a video into a background. ...
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Install Fedora desktop on Centos?

Hi and thanx in advance :) So, on my work PC I have pre-installed CentOS 6, which sports a sh*t desktop environment. I would like to know if and how I'll be able to install the Fedora Desktop to it, ...
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How do I make the alt-tab previews smaller in Windows 10?

When I do an Alt-Tab, I get a preview of all the programs I have open. I like this, but I would like the preview windows to be a bit smaller. At the moment I can only fit 5 preview windows in a single ...
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CentOS 7, how to install the “show desktop” button?

I just updated my CentOS machine to CentOS Linux release 7.1.1503 (Core). I really need a "Show desktop" button that allow me to turn down all the windows and just see the desktop, when I want. I'm ...
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Cannot change Windows 10 background - Get black screen

When I try to change my desktop background in Win10 I only get black, as if it can't locate the file I selected. I've tried different methods of changing the background (right-clicking an image and ...
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Change Windows 8 welcome\shutting down screen background wallpaper

I don't like the default single-color background when starting\shutting down Windows. Just to be clear: I don't mean the logon screen nor the lock screen. I mean this: Is there any way to replace ...
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How do I get icons into the bottom row of Desktop on Windows 10?

On my Toshiba Radius 15, I dragged my taskbar to the top of the screen and am attempting to place an icon in the lower right portion of my screen (where time would be). My DPI settings are currently ...
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How do I disable the Secure Logon background image in Windows 10?

At day 1 of the windows 10 release my Secure Logon background was a solid colour, the same colour as my accent colour. Since Windows automatically updated it has been changed to a picture. How do I ...
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Windows 10 slide show shorter than 1 minute

In Windows 10 you can create Desktop background slide shows. The minimum time between two images is one minute. How can I make the interval shorter?
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Tile to stretch image across two monitors does not work

The answer to this question, does not work for me. Set one background to stretch across multi-monitor display?, I have found images that are supposedly large enough to handle the two 1920X1080 ...